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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Looking into building my own boat.
Checking out the lumberyard skiff. Old warf dory company.
looks really simple.
also giving some thought to building a catarama ....did i spellthat right? Lol
Been looking at those twin hulls.
They look very stable.
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I haven't personally but as a kid did help dad built two or three. We're talking more than 50 years ago. That's the only kinda boat we had in those days.

I've forgotten the length if I ever knew but imagine it was either 12' or 14'. He used 1"x12" lumber for the sides and front as I recall and a 2x12 for the rear transom. He always cut a triangle shaped section off one end and that became the bow and he added it to the rear to increase the depth there.

He made some floors from tongue and groove 1"x4" lumber and some from marine grade plywood. Either way there was a lot of calking with tar and then a paint job. They always leaked some so we kept a bucket for bailing on board each trip. That job usually fell to me. If the leaking got too bad it came out of the water to have more tar added. Otherwise it never left the river and was chained to a tree with a long steel chain and a lock.

They were flat bottom jon boat in design and fairly wide. They worked fine for three of us fishing in them and were pushed with a 5 hp Johnson motor from the '40s or very early '50s. I'm not sure of it's age but I don't recall it ever being new and I was born in '45. I'm guessing it was as old as me.

Such a boat was way heavy to trailer and in those days boat trailers were home made or done without I reckon as I seldom ever saw one. We carried them to the river in a flat bed trailer he also made to haul the gear behind our car in those days. Once he put it in it never came out again unless to add more tar.

These days with plenty of boat plans available and wood working equipment available it shouldn't be that tough to do. I'm thinking tho the same leaking problems we had are likely to crop up.



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There's a thread somewhere in the woodworking forum where I was musing about building a sailboat. Started out talking about a little 8-9 foot "Stitch and Glue" but settled on a Penobscot 14. ;D

'course it's still on my list of projects to start... someday... maybe... :-[


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Dorys are the simplist style for homemade, I've built several. They are a real practical small boat too. I still have the last one, I plan to teach the grandkids to sail it if I ever get the time. The boat sails, rows like a dream, and pops up on a plane real fast with just a 6hp motor. Only thing I dislike is to sail it has to have a center board trunk which is a pain to manuver around from the front seat. If you didn't want to sail it leave out the centerboard, and it would be a dream with motor and oars.

I got the plans from a book called The Dory Book. An old old book it may be hard to find, but your library could probably find it for you.
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I got the plans from a book called The Dory Book.
Shoot boy! That book be everywhere! According to Google anyways! ;D

And thanks for the tip! But in searching for that book I saw many other books on the subject I'd like to get! :P And that's my problem... :-\ If I spent as much time "doing" as I do "planning" I'd get a lot more done! :-[

Wonder if I can find about a 12 foot stitch and glue sailing dory... ??? Oh well, off to Google! :

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Hey guys ...just google "lumberyard skiff"
And then check out berkeley engineering. LOVE THEM LITTLE TUG BOATS! !! I like the perfect ten the best.
Sweet! !
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im building a pdracer ...

check out the pdracer.com website .. worlds simplest and sweetest coolest little sail boat ive ever seen...
im building three of them .. one for me .. the girlfriend and the grandkids.

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i'll try to post a picture
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here is what im building ... again .. check out pdracer.com
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i'm still trying to find some kind of
close plan to the travis crabtree boat.


see post sept last year.


[size=78%]the one you've posted is neat, but too[/size]
wide and unwieldy for what i'm looking for.

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